LAST UPDATED: MARCH 28, 2017
Contrary to Popular Belief: It is Perfectly Safe
When people are told that they are going to need to have multiple teeth removed, one of the most common concerns is how this will affect the appearance of their face. It is possible that the look of your face could change slightly after having an orthodontic treatment performed to remove permanent teeth. However, the reality is that in the vast majority of cases, no changes will occur that can be perceived by the naked eye.
What will the orthodontist recommend?
When an orthodontist makes the recommendation to remove teeth, he or she does not do so lightly. The need to remove teeth is usually caused by a lack of room. An orthodontist will examine x-rays, pictures and models to determine if extraction is indeed necessary. Saving the teeth is always the preferable option, but this is not always possible.
What do I need to know about facial changes?
It is important to remember that facial changes can also occur if teeth are not removed when they need to be. If a person has a crowding of teeth that is at the moderate to severe level, the front teeth will eventually begin to move forward once the arches begin to align. The person’s overlying lips will also begin to be gradually pushed forward. This often results in the person having a “buck-toothed” appearance. In some cases, the person’s ability to close their lips is affected. Cases such as these are examples of how a person can actually look worse if their teeth are not extracted.
When people have lips that don’t contact each other when they are in a relaxed position as a result of the lip strain caused by the protrusive teeth, extraction is perfectly safe. In fact, in many cases, the extraction of teeth can actually improve a person’s appearance. Extracting teeth from the side while moving the front teeth back by using braces can make the front teeth appear to be less protrusive. This method is effective at enabling a person’s lips to close in a more natural way. It can also improve a person’s profile.
Should I be worried about my appearance after treatment?
The simple fact of the matter is that most of the time, people are thrilled with the appearance of their profile following teeth extraction. While there are exceptions to every rule, the vast majority of people end up being thrilled with the results. So there is no need to fear what having teeth extracted might do to your appearance. Your orthodontist is highly trained. He or she would never make the recommendation to remove some of your teeth unless they thought there was no other alternative.
Team Demas Orthodontics Is Able to Improve Your Smile
Team Demas Orthodontics located in Connecticut offers several types of orthodontic treatment to help you wear a smile. Depending on your malocclusions, you might require:
• A Herbst appliance
• A palatal expander
• Invisalign aligners
• Separators or expanders
• Ceramic or metal braces
In addition to determining if you need orthodontic treatment to repair malocclusions, you might need to fix problems such as sleep apnea or temporomandibular joint disorder. We have two orthodontists available at Team Demas Orthodontics, including:
• Dr. Mark Clauss
• Dr. Don Demas
Your smile is important to us, and we offer a thorough examination at one of these orthodontic offices:
• Southington – 860-276-0333
Call us today to schedule your first appointment with Team Demas Orthodontics.
Team Demas Orthodontics
27 Meriden Ave #2a, Southington, CT 06489, USA
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